A recent study in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism has discovered nuts could help slimmers lose weight.
Walnuts in particular were highlighted for their weight loss benefits.
This is because they contain a particular ingredient that can satisfy appetite, making people feel fuller for longer.
Peptide YY activates an area of the brain associated with regulating hunger.
Only a handful of nuts a day are needed to control this peptide.
Almonds have also been shown to have interesting weight loss attributes.
Penn State University, USA, found that people who ate 42g of almonds a day experienced a reduction in belly fat, waist circumference and thigh fat.
Although these two nuts have been the subject of particular study, nuts in general are thought to boost weight loss.
This is due to their high protein and fat content – key factors in curbing hunger.
They are particularly good for belly fat as they contain monounsaturated fat, which is thought to target bad fat in the waist area.
A 2014 review of 31 trials studying weight loss and nuts found those who included extra nuts in their diet did lose weight.
Participants lost an average of 1.4lbs and half an inch from their waist.
Nuts are just one food gaining increasing attention in recent months for their links to weight loss.
A specific diet plan which consists of plenty of protein is believed to help shed the extra pounds in no time.
For those with bigger weight loss goals, you can expect to lose almost a stone in just 16 weeks.
The findings were made by scientists from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA and the Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.
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